Italy’s absence from Qatar 2022 made the whole suspension of Serie A action a little embarrassing for the nation’s legions of sports fans.
Still, the pause was necessary, especially for AC Milan fans, many of whom were no doubt following the fortunes of Olivier Giroud as he battled it out with Mbappe, Messi and Alvarez for Golden Boot honors.
With Qatar finally disappearing into our dust tracks, however, it is time to refocus on league football. AC Milan’s return to action is on 4 January, with the team travelling 500 miles to Salerna. Let’s have a recap of events to date and then take a look at some tasty bets from the bookies for part two of the season…
The story so far
Milan powered away over the opening months of the season, losing only one of their first 12 league matches, and that was to the still undefeated Napoli. A November dip in form was precipitated by a surprise loss to Torino. It has just allowed Napoli to extend their lead at the top of the table to eight points. Rafael Leão is top scorer so far on six goals, with Giroud on five.
Title is still wide open
Eight points can easily be made up over half a season. Their lead makes Napoli favorites, of course, but bookmakers on both sides of the channel see Serie A evolving into a four-horse race.
Odds vary considerably, so it is worth checking a few different providers. The list at Gambling Sites will give you plenty of US-friendly sports betting sites to choose from. In general, though, AC Milan seem to be at about 6-1.
What’s interesting is that none of the bookies can see Lazio maintaining their charge. Despite being level with Inter on 30 points at the break, they are at around 50-1, while Inter are at only slightly longer odds than Milan.
Giroud to take control
We mentioned leading goal scorers earlier. Olivier Giroud is currently on five, but he is going to return from Qatar full of energy and belief. Now would be the ideal time to put down a few dollars, or euros if you prefer, on him to eclipse the rest. He’s currently at 25-2, and if he comes back and scores two or three in Sampdoria, those odds might never been seen again.
A solid start
Whether the goals come from Giroud, Leão or some other quarter, the vitally important thing for AC Milan is to recommence the season in willing ways at Salernitana. All the bookies have AC Milan odds on to win, with most offering odds of around 1/2.
That’s reasonably generous given all the unknowns surrounding the first fixture after such a long break. It will be largely influenced by the fact that Salernitana has to go back to October for its last win.